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Understanding Buddhist Art

In addition to the growing suite of courses offered to students on our campuses in NYC and London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art also creates bespoke courses for educational or cultural institutions with specific training needs. Sotheby’s Institute of Art is delighted to be introducing a virtual program for Xia Jing Shan Arts and Culture Foundation, Taipei next month. The course “Understanding Buddhist Art” will be led by Dr. Katie Hill, Program Director, MA Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, and Dr. Chung-Chieh Chao, CEO, Xia Jing Shan Arts and Culture Foundation, Taipei.

Buddhist art is one of the most important areas of Asian art, as a major category of religious art and heritage that reaches from India to Japan and South East Asia. With more than five hundred million followers worldwide, Buddhism is the fourth largest religion and its artifacts date back 2500 years.

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Buddhist art in Asia, aimed at giving students a clear and informative understanding of key topics such as the origins of Buddhist art in Asia and how it spread across the region, Buddhist iconography in paintings, distinctive features in regional sculptural forms, as well as an insight into important Buddhist art collections. Held over five sessions, each class will give a thorough insight into the selected topic and the format allows students to interact with the lecturer through questions and discussion points. The lectures will be delivered by leading experts in the field. Richly illustrated with images, the students will have access to readings and PowerPoints for their personal research and review.

Tickets to the program available for purchase exclusively through Xia Jing Shan Arts and Culture Foundation’s own website. To learn more about privately or jointly developed courses offered by Sotheby's Institute of Art, contact here.

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Understanding Buddhist Art Course